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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has warned neighbouring Iraq that its failure to secure the release of five Iranians detained there by U.S. forces could impair Tehran's cooperation with Baghdad, a senior official was quoted on Sunday as saying.
Washington says the five men, detained in January in northern Iraq, are linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards and backing militants. Iran insists they are diplomats, wants them freed and has requested access.
"We are serious about the way we will confront those behind the arrest of the Iranian diplomats in Iraq," the semi-official Fars news agency, seen as close to the Revolutionary Guards, quoted Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying.
The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran: Iran's deputy foreign minister has signaled Iran may boycott the upcoming Iraq conference in Egypt if five Iranian diplomats held by the U.S. in Iraq are not released beforehand, an Iranian newspaper reported Wednesday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi's comments came several days after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned Iraq that the continued detention of its diplomats could damage its relationship with Iran.